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07/03/20

A production facility that has become part of the family - Happy Birthday, Salzgitter!

When the Volkswagen plant in Salzgitter went into operation half a century ago, Georg Schoske was already an old hand at the company. “I had been manufacturing the Beetle in Wolfsburg since 1962. It was fun. But when Salzgitter opened, you didn’t have to ask me for long,” the 81-year-old recalls. Even then, Schoske lived with his family in Steinlah – 60 kilometers from the Wolfsburg plant, but only 20 kilometers from the Salzgitter plant. Even before the official inauguration, he switched. Since then the factory has become a family affair. Son Rainer Schoske (55) started his professional life in Salzgitter, as did grandson Marvin Schoske (23). Three generations – one factory.
06/30/20

On the way to becoming a climate-neutral company

The fight against global warming is one of the most important global challenges. We explain what Volkswagen is doing for climate protection. We have also compiled assessments of climate change by leading scientists in a dossier.
06/30/20

No more doubt – mankind is responsible

We have compiled a dossier with assessments on climate change by leading scientists. For them, one thing is clear: mankind bears a crucial responsibility for global warming.
06/30/20

Food supply at risk

We have compiled assessments on climate change by leading scientists in a dossier. They warn: Unabated global warming has dramatic consequences for the whole of humanity – whether through crop failures, wars or the spread of disease.
06/30/20

“What matters is the political framework”

We have compiled assessments on climate change by leading scientists in a dossier. Gunnar Luderer is Deputy Chair of the Department for Sustainable Transformation Pathways at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In an interview, he explains how individuals can act to protect the climate – and what politicians should do. In addition to his duties at PIK, Luderer is Professor for Global Energy Systems Analysis at the Technical University of Berlin.
06/29/20

“Technology alone will not solve the climate problem”

Prof. Barbara Lenz heads the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In an interview she talks about mobility after corona, climate protection and alternative propulsion systems.
06/26/20

“Diversity is a strong competitive advantage”

On Christopher Street Day (CSD), the LGBTIQ* movement has been campaigning for tolerance and against discrimination for more than 40 years. This year, the demonstration will take place as an online event under the motto “Pride Live” in light of the corona pandemic. In an interview, Elke Heitmüller, Head of Diversity Management, and Thore Masekowitz, LGBTIQ* and friends network spokesperson, talk about Volkswagen’s involvement in the CSD movement and the importance of diversity within the company.
06/19/20

“We want to develop our own software platform”

Here we go! That is the message that runs through Christian Senger’s speech on this day. In less than two weeks, the Car.Software organization within the Volkswagen Group switches from the start-up phase to operational mode. Starting in July, it will use its own budget and staff to develop a powerful digital platform for all Group brands and markets. “We are moving from planning to doing,” says Senger, CEO of the Car.Software organization.
06/16/20

“Disappointment has quickly given way to a more optimistic mood”

In an interview, Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Brand Board of Management at Volkswagen Passenger Cars in charge of Sales, Marketing and After Sales, explains why he can now see the positive side of the postponement of the European Football Championship.

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The Volkswagen brand is completely realigning with its TRANSFORM 2025+ strategy. Step-by-step, the brand is evolving into a leading, profitable volume manufacturer and is also seeking to play a leading role in the new world of automobility. Our target is to sell about one million electric cars per year by 2025 and to be the market leader in e-mobility.
The history of the Volkswagen brand began with the “Käfer”; development work on this Nazi prestige project began in 1934. On May 28, 1937, the “Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH“ (Company for the Preparation of the German Volkswagen Ltd.) was formally established. The name was changed to “Volkswagenwerk GmbH” in 1938, and the company built its main plant in what has become Wolfsburg. However, the outbreak of war and integration in the arms industry prevented mass production of the Volkswagen (“people’s car”) – instead, military vehicles and other armaments were produced using forced labor.